There’s nothing like starting off your last 10 games of the season – the business end of the season – by winning five games in a row.
Jonas Gutierrez leads congratulations after great Ben Arfa strike
And that’s exactly what Newcastle have done, after suffering a defeat at Arsenal with almost the last kick of the game, back on 12th March at the Emirates Stadium.
And Newcastle are surging when it counts, and are currently in a Europa League place in 5th place – two points above money-bags Chelsea.
But if Newcastle can continue their sparkling form, there’s no real reason why the lads cannot finish above both Chelsea and Tottenham, and in 4th place in the league table.
Jonas Gutierrez has played his part this season, and has played in all but one of Newcastle’s league games so far, and in September of last year he signed an extension to his contract, that will keep him on Tyneside through the summer of 2015.
That will be seven years he will have spent at Newcastle, since he joined from Mallorca in the summer of 2008, and the Argentine International seems pleased with Newcastle’s recent surge:
“It’s good to have five wins in a row, especially with it being near the end of the season,” “It’s always difficult to get three points in this league whoever you are playing against.”
“So we should be proud of what we have achieved. There are not many teams who do this.” “We are in a good position and we now have a couple of weeks before we play again.”
“Hopefully when we play Stoke after our break we can continue this form and keep it going until the end of the season.”
Jonas captained the Newcastle side while his Argentine team-mate, Fabricio Coloccini, was out with a hamstring strain, but the Newcastle captain returned against Bolton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, and it was certainly a difficult game.
But some flair and brilliance once again from Ben Arfa, when the French international scored his 6th goal of the season after 73 minutes, with some unbelievable skill, and when we really needed the break-through, allowed Newcastle to go on and win the game 2-0.
In doing so Newcastle gained 3 points on Tottenham and 2 points on Chelsea last Monday.
Jonas admitted it wasn’t easy against the Trotters:
“It was really hard against Bolton,” “They tried to be compact in the defence, so it was hard for us to get the first goal.”
“But Hatem scored a great goal for us and then the game opened up which made it easier for us.”
“We know we have quality in this squad and Hatem is one of our quality players.” “He maybe didn’t have his best game overall, but he never stopped running.”
“And with that type of player you know he can always create something like that.” “It was a great three points.”
We have to hope Newcastle can keep on their winning ways when we entertain Stoke City a week come Saturday, but the Potters are always a difficult team to play against, and get most of their goals from those set-plays.
Newcastle players have the rest of the week off, and then report back for training on Saturday, and they will have a full week to prepare for the Stoke game.
Another 3 points from that game and Newcastle could be flying even higher.